Alnwick & Northumberland On Film

On Sunday 5th January we were delighted to be part of the Alnwick Playhouse grand reopening weekend, presenting our show of ALNWICK & NORTHUMBERLAND ON FILM to a sold out crowd!  As we expected, the venue is beautiful, and it was brilliant to see the newly-opened building so busy!

At the event we presented a programme of films dating back to the 1920s, and the audience watched Northumberland residents at work and play over the last 100 years.

We met so many people who came and talked to us during the interval and after the show about films in their possession and how to donate them to the Archive’s collections – a fantastic surprise! 

But as ever, it was the audience feedback that delighted us most.  It’s always amazing when our film shows move audiences, and so many people talked to us passionately about family members, former employers and friends captured in the films onscreen, and the memories that the films sparked.

Follow the links below to a small selection of the films featured in our programme, and if you weren’t able to make it, take your own trip through Northumberland over the years.

BERWICK INFIRMARY CUP FINAL & SNAPSHOTS IN BERWICK (1928-1929)
This early actuality film of local topical news items features highlights from the Berwick Infirmary Cup football final between Eyemouth Rangers and Belford, played at the Stanks on June 29th 1929, and scenes from the Berwick May Fair in 1928. The film also includes an evocative 'phantom ride' through Walkergate Lane, a back street in a poor area of Berwick, during May Fair celebrations. In the final scene, fish merchants gather at an auction on the Berwick quayside, including a member of the Holmes family, fish merchants in Berwick since the 1800s. The film of the Berwick Infirmary Cup was due to be screened that same week at the Berwick Playhouse.

ACA OUTING TO WARKWORTH ON 16 JULY 1933 (1933)
This amateur film documents the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) summer outing to the coast at Warkworth, Northumberland, on the 16th July 1933. Footage includes a jokey swimsuit parade, and filmmaking activities in the sand dunes.

NORTH TO NORTHUMBERLAND (1956)
Prolific Yorkshire filmmaker, G.W. Gillott, comprehensively documents a journey through Northumberland.

ALNWICK FAIR (1969)
Amateur record of the first Alnwick Fair in June 1969 filmed by Vic Cross.

NORTHERN LIFE: FARMER, MISS ANDERSON (1977)
Tyne Tees Television Northern Life news magazine report by Tony Cook about the hard life of a remarkable elderly woman farmer at an isolated farm in Northumberland, Miss Anderson, who runs the farm alone. This item was originally broadcast on 22 April 1977. 

LINDISFARNE THE CRADLE ISLAND: TIME AND TIDE (1985)
The first of two documentary programmes produced by Tyne Tees Television and transmitted 29 December 1985. Presented by Magnus Magnusson this edition explores the private face of Lindisfarne and its community of 170 residents.